Animal Hospital at Brier Creek is led by owner Dr. Jennifer Goetz, who opened our hometown family business in 2007.

AHBC is where pets are family. We go above and beyond to give each pet the highest level of care and compassion.

We invite you to learn more about our story. Read our Core Values. And meet our mascots!

Ashley Brown
Practice Manager

Ashley is our fearless practice manager!

Ashley helps AHBC succeed in all she does. Her dedication inspires everyone: the team and pet parents alike. She believes the best part of AHBC is our overall commitment to education, thoroughness, and cooperation. Supporting pet parents and pets is the best reward. Her motto is: “Every job worth doing is worth doing well.”

Ashley grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina, with four sisters, two dogs, and a cat named Midnight. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of South Carolina in 2008. She has a background in hospitality and a passion for giving clients the best possible service and quality of care.

In 2011, Ashley joined AHBC as a Client Relations Specialist. Three years later, she became our practice manager. Her proudest AHBC moment came in 2016 when she helped Dr. Goetz and the hospital become AAHA-accredited—the highest achievable distinction bestowed by the American Animal Hospital Association for veterinary care in the country.

To accomplish her goal of helping AHBC grow in our knowledge and continue building our impressive team, Ashley is taking online courses to become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. She hopes to earn this honor in early summer 2018.

Ashley and her husband live in Raleigh with their four children and three dogs. She enjoys visiting family and spending time with her children: going to museums, reading at the public library, and doing arts and crafts.


UP FRONT: Our Client Relations Specialists

Percy V.

Percy is friends with everyone!

Percy loves working at AHBC because he meets and supports pets and pet parents on a daily basis. His spirit animal is the engaging, affable, entertaining otter.

The ultimate people person, Percy is definitely AHBC’s “most popular”—cheerful, chatty, and beloved by everyone who walks through our door. His huge heart is a huge part of AHBC’s success.

Percy grew up in Iowa and Illinois as the youngest of three sisters and one brother. His passion and talent for interacting with people led him to a career in retail management.

When he learned of an opening at AHBC, Percy knew he could perfectly blend his love of people with his love of animals. He became an indispensable team member in December 2015.

The first love of Percy’s life was Sasha, a Siberian Husky who lived to be 13 years old. He lives in Wake Forest and co-parents Mickey, the incredible 3-pound Chihuahua, with his best friend. Ask Percy about Mickey, and watch the stories and tears flow. He is also happy to talk to you all day about your beloved fur babies—and he is so funny he keeps our pet parents, and us, in stitches.

Percy enjoys swimming, bowling…and eating. He may not cook, but he is an avid appreciator of food. His motto is to “live life to the fullest every day.”


VET NURSES: Committed to the Best Care

Terese G.

Terese happily hugs our mascot Rosie!

Terese was born and reared in Lincoln Park, New Jersey. She grew up with a Dachshund named Rocky and a cat named Mittens, plus a few special goldfish. Her spirit animal is the steadfast, stately lion.

Terese is compassionate, caring, quick with a smile—and the first person we go to when we bring our animals in for care. She’s a gentle leader who knows us, our pets, and our pet parents inside and out.

Terese moved to Raleigh to attend college and graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Animal Science, Class of 2017. She joined AHBC as an assistant in July 2016 and later moved into vet nursing. She may one day become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Terese happily pet-sits for Dr. Goetz and her AHBC friends. She loves watching Netflix, reading, and spending time with her family, human and furry. Her favorite thing about working at AHBC is seeing sick animals recover. She also loves educating pet parents on the best possible care to meet their fur baby’s unique needs.

Joni H.

Joni and Rocky were made for each other.

Joni is AHBC’s “mama bear”: always stocking the fridge with yogurt, string cheese, oatmeal, and mac-and-cheese. Her spirit animal is the confident, calm, nurturing elephant.

Joni joined us in May 2017. Her favorite thing about AHBC is the spirit of cooperation and dedication. She believes work is better when you look forward to it!

Joni grew up in Stovall, North Carolina, with a Rottweiler named Sally, a Basset Hound/Blue Tick mix named Mini-Me, and seven sisters—including her twin, Leslie Jo. Joni originally trained in people nursing at Vance Granville Community College before she discovered animal nursing is where it’s at.

Joni previously worked for a mobile vet clinic and as an Animal Control Officer in Franklin County. She lives in Henderson with her husband, four children, and dogs Allie, Rocky, Rosalee, Loki, Xena, and Kimbo. Kimbo is a famous AHBC rescue. With round-the-clock care we saved him from Parvo virus—it was love at first sight for Joni and Kimbo.

Joni also has two cats, Farrah and George, and she still looks after lots of neighborhood strays. She enjoys reading Nora Roberts’ romance books, and her all-time favorite book series is Harry Potter.

Joni’s motto is: “Sometimes you have to fall before you fly,” which is tattooed on her leg. She easily holds the AHBC record for most tattoos (16 and counting)—many of them names of her beloved pets.

Julia B.

Bones, Julia, and Troy show off their NC State pride!

Julia’s spirit animal is the loyal, inquisitive wolf. She believes in family, teamwork, supporting her pack, and helping everyone succeed.

Julia and her beloved black Lab, Jasmine, grew up outside Louisville, Kentucky, exploring the woods behind their house. She also tended chickens, and knew each one of her flock by name. In middle school, Julia saw two of her chickens attacked by hawks. So she nursed them back to health.

It’s no wonder Julia’s destiny is to become an amazing vet. She joined us in September 2017, and has been accepted into NC State’s veterinary program, Class of 2022. We are proud to be part of her journey.

Julia earned a B.S. in Agriculture Pre-Veterinary Medicine with a minor in Chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University, where she founded and ran the pre-vet club. In 2016, she was selected as her department’s “distinguished senior”; completed a wildlife internship in South Africa, and presented an original research project, on grazing patterns in dairy cattle, at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Seattle.

Her favorite part of AHBC is explaining preventative care and learning as much as she can. One new thing she’s learned here is small animal dentistry: how to take full-mouth radiographs and to scale and polish teeth. She wants to see every patient as happy and healthy as possible—and loves reading all the emails we get from Dr. Goetz on what is current in veterinary medicine!

Julia lives in Knightdale with her two rescue dogs, 3-year-old Bones and 4-year-old Troy, who was chained to a tree and abandoned. Troy has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia, but he’s still the goofiest dog ever. Julia loves to run, play piano, and explore new places with her four-legged companions. You can follow their adventures on Instagram at @good_boy_troy. Julia’s motto is: “Never leave home without the dogs.”

Jennifer P.

Jennifer and Finley love the view at Hanging Rock.

Jennifer has a soft spot in her heart for scruffy dogs. She grew up on the North Carolina coast with Miniature Schnauzers, plus rabbits, birds, and fish. Today her home in Raleigh is a small, happy zoo—her parrotlet, Egyptian spiny mouse, Chilean rose hair tarantula, Madagascar hissing cockroach, and tropical fish—all watched over by her “son,” a 7-year-old Irish Terrier named Finley.

Jennifer’s motto is: “Time spent with animals is added to your life.” In addition to tending her menagerie, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, yoga, and cooking. Her spirit animal is the curious, determined, quick-witted raven.

As a child, Jennifer read every book she could about animals. In middle school, she started pet-sitting for her neighbors. In high school, she started working with livestock. In college, she worked on a hog farm. Jennifer is a former livestock agent for the state of N.C., and has experience in both small animal and exotic animal medicine.

Jennifer earned her B.S. from NC State in Animal Science with minors in Agricultural Business Management and Extension Education. She is currently working toward an MBA online from Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

A team member since October 2017, Jennifer believes the best thing about AHBC is how well we work together. Every single person here genuinely sees pets as family. Every time an emergency comes in, we rally together to do everything we can to help.

Stephanie M.

Oakie and Stephanie make the perfect selfie.

Stephanie grew up in Wake Forest with a yellow Lab named Coco and a black Lab named Smokey. All three would crowd happily together in her kiddie pool, her doggy siblings splashing water on her with their noses.

Stephanie still loves to spend time by the water at the beach, and her spirit animal is the happy, thoughtful otter—a symbol of finding joy and playfulness in life to balance out more serious matters.

When she was 9 or 10 years old, Stephanie saw an episode of Animal Cops that made her sad. She knew right then she wanted to work in the veterinary field, helping sick animals heal and giving them a voice.

In May 2018, Stephanie earned a degree in Veterinary Technology from Miller-Motte Technical College and joined the AHBC team. She plans one day to become Registered Veterinary Technician.

Assisting in the emergency care and surgery for a dog suffering extensive mouth wounds after a dog attack has been Stephanie’s most memorable experience at AHBC so far. She thinks the best things about working here are feeling welcome and being personally mentored from day one—plus, the coziness and colorfulness of the hospital!

Stephanie lives in Raleigh with her dog, Oakie. One of her all-time favorite quotations is: “Life is what you make it.”


ASSISTANTS: Our Pet Care Specialists

Anna B.

Anna loves books! And cats! Dogs are okay, too.

When Anna was born, in Greensboro, her parents had six cats…which now seems like a sign. Today she and her husband, Joshua, live in Durham with their beautiful feline family: Poindexter, Mortimer, Edith, Frances, Amelia, Seamus, Minerva, and Wynne.

She believes in Hemingway: “One cat just leads to another.” And the philosophy that “until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

Six of Anna’s kitty misfits were sent to her by the universe as AHBC rescues. Some were sick, some anxious: all quirky. Her  motto is: “Every special diet is worth it.” She enjoys feeding cats, chasing cats, snuggling cats, cleaning up after cats, adding to her impressive collection of cat magnets, and cats.

The best day of the week at her house is claw-clipping day. She is her cats’ spirit animal.

Anna joined AHBC in June 2014. She is always willing to snuggle, or wrestle, a feline patient—but she is happy to spoil all AHBC pets, even the canine ones.

Anna earned a B.A. in Media Communication from the College of Charleston, with honors, and her master’s degree in Journalism at Columbia University. She previously worked as a reporter, writer, and editor in New York City and lived in Brooklyn for many years. Anna manages this website, and runs her own content development and market research freelance firm—happily composing away with a rotating circus of cats in her lap.

Eric V.

Eric is one of Typhoon’s many besties.

Eric was born in Mesquite, Texas, and grew up with two older brothers and a host of Golden Retrievers. In 2013, he earned his B.S. in Sports Management from Campbell University. He lives in Raleigh with his dog, Bear.

Eric’s hobbies include bowling, passionately following the Chicago Cubs, tasting craft beer, and working with computers. After completing an esteemed boot camp in web development and coding, Eric took on the role of AHBC’s computer manager—he keeps all our equipment updated and running smoothly.

Eric is famous and beloved at AHBC for his kindness, dedication…and incredible queso dip. We simply cannot have a team potluck lunch without this dip. Once Eric was out of town, so Dr. Goetz and the team had to step up and make it. It reminded us happily of Eric…and was not nearly as good. He also taught us how to play “reverse charades,” and we’re still cracking up about how great we are at it.

A team member since December 2015, Eric comes to AHBC every day led by one mission: Help animals. His calm, steady presence makes him the rock of our team—you can always count on Eric. His spirit animals are the attentive, focused eagle and the classic Golden Retriever: loyal, loving, and honest.


GROOMING

Kara K.

No dog or cat can resist this face!

Dogs and cats who come to see Kara can feel how much she loves them—she even talks to them throughout the entire groom. Her spirit animal is the persistent, protective tiger.

Kara grew up in Baltimore and started working with animals, as a bather and fluff dryer, when she was just 15 years old. She has more than 12 years experience grooming animals and joined the AHBC team in February 2017.

Kara loves the variety of the job. Every day—and every pet—at AHBC is different! She loves taking shelter animals and making them clean, and whole, again. She believes there is nothing more memorable and rewarding than turning a neglected, distressed animal into a happy, beautiful creature.

Learn more about Kara’s grooming services.

Kara’s hobbies include running, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, and bowling. She loves getting the AHBC team together for painting classes. She likes to cook and is definitely a foodie! Kara makes the most delicious meatballs for our AHBC potluck lunches.

Kara’s motto is: “In everything, do 100 percent.”